Have you suffered from an injury to your Achilles tendon? Is this injury impacting your quality of life? Was it caused by someone else breaching their duty of care? If so, our guide on Achilles tendon settlements could be helpful.
There are a number of different scenarios where you could claim compensation for damage to your Achilles tendon. For example, if you sustain this kind of injury at work, in public or on the road, this could be an example of negligence. You would need to show that the responsible party breached their duty of care towards you in order for you to claim.
Achilles Tendon Settlement Cases
If you wish to claim compensation for your injuries, we can help you. We can connect you to one of our solicitors to handle your claim. To begin your claim, call our helpline on 0800 073 8801 to speak to an advisor.
Alternatively, contact us via our online form. We can help you claim compensation for tendonitis or a ruptured Achilles tendon today.
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- A Guide On Calculating Achilles Tendon Settlements
- What Are Achilles Tendon Settlements?
- What Are The Risks Of Achilles Tendon Injuries?
- How Could You Injure Your Achilles Tendon?
- What Are The Symptoms Of Achilles Tendon Injuries?
- How Do I Diagnose An Achilles Tendon Injury?
- Treating Your Injury
- Achilles Tendon Settlement Calculator
- Special Damages As Part Of Achilles Tendon Settlements
- No Win No Fee Achilles Tendon Settlement
- Start Your Achilles Tendon Settlement Claim
- Learn More
- FAQs On Achilles Tendon Settlements
In the UK, there are scenarios where one party owes another party a duty of care. A duty of care means that they are responsible for their health and safety.
For example, when we are at work, our employer owes us a duty of care. Likewise, if we are on business premises, such as a shop, the “occupier” of the space is responsible for taking reasonable steps to ensure our safety. And all road users have a duty of care to one another to act in a way that ensures everyone’s safety.
This guide is for people who have experienced tendonitis or a rupture of their Achilles tendon. You may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries if the following conditions are met:
- Another party owed you a duty of care. For example, you were at work, so your employer owed you a duty of care.
- The other party acted negligently, breaching their duty of care. Subsequently, the negligence caused an accident.
- And finally, the accident was a direct cause of your Achilles tendon injury.
In this guide, we will explain how to claim an Achilles tendon settlement for compensation. To begin your claim, contact us today to speak to a helpful advisor. Our panel of solicitors has solid experience handling Achilles tendon settlement cases, and we can win you the compensation you are owed.
An Achilles tendon settlement is compensation that is paid out for an Achilles tendon injury. An Achilles tendon injury can happen because of an accident that was not the injured person’s fault. For example, their employer could cause an Achilles tendon injury if they overwork their employee.
The Achilles tendon is also known as the calcaneal tendon or the heel cord. It’s the thickest tendon in the human body.
The purpose of the Achilles tendon is to attach the calf muscle to the heel bone. It’s located at the back of the heel.
This tendon enables us to stand on our toes, facilitating walking, running and jumping. Therefore an Achilles tendon injury is not only painful but reduces your mobility. Many people find that having an injured Achilles tendon reduces their overall quality of life.
There are a number of different risk factors that could lead to an Achilles tendon injury. These include:
- Slips, trips and falls. A slip or trip accident could lead to an Achilles tendon injury, particularly if the accident causes your foot or ankle to twist. If you slipped or tripped because someone else breached their duty of care towards you, you could claim. For instance, if you slip on a loose tile in a shop, you could be owed compensation. You may also be able to claim from the council if you tripped on a pothole.
- Road traffic accidents- If you’re a pedestrian or are riding your bike and get knocked over by a vehicle, this could damage your Achilles tendon. Furthermore, a head-on collision could cause your foot to be pushed upwards, injuring your Achilles tendon.
- Overwork- you could suffer a tendon injury at work if you’re made to do the same repetitive task over and over again without a break. As part of their duty of care towards you, employers must assess the risk of injury to you when performing certain tasks and remove or reduce them where possible.
Even if you cannot see your particular accident type listed above, we may still be able to help; this list isn’t exhaustive. If you’ve torn or damaged your Achilles tendon and you can prove that it was caused by someone else’s negligence, call us today to discuss Achilles tendon settlements.
There are many different ways that you can injure your Achilles tendon or your heel. Some of these conditions might cause different, less severe symptoms than others. For instance, while a rupture of the tendon might cause a long-term impact on your quality of life, something like a sprain might have healed within a few weeks.
We have included some examples of injuries you could sustain to your tendon below:
- A sprain: This is when the ligaments in the heel become twisted or torn.
- A strain: A strain happens when fibres in the heel muscles are overstretched or torn.
- Achilles tendon ruptures: A rupture is when the tendon becomes fully or partially torn.
- Tendonitis: Tendonitis is when a tendon, such as the Achilles tendon, becomes inflamed.
- Tendinopathy: Tendinopathy is when a tendon gradually deteriorates.
- Tenosynovitis: Tenosynovitis of the Achilles tendon is when the paratenon becomes inflamed. The paratenon is the protective sheath that surrounds the Achilles tendon.
However you have injured your Achilles tendon, you could be owed compensation if the circumstances of the accident came about because of someone else’s negligence. Speak to our team today to see how much Achilles tendon settlements could be worth.
The symptoms that you experience after a tendon injury can vary depending on what kind of injury you’ve sustained. You should always seek medical attention if you are concerned that you have injured your Achilles tendon.
Symptoms of tendonitis can include:
- Pain in the Achilles tendon, which gets worse when you move your heel.
- A crackling or grating feeling when moving the heel.
- Difficulty moving your heel joint.
- A swollen, red or warm heel.
If you have a ruptured Achilles tendon, you may also experience the following symptoms:
- Sudden, sharp pain
- A snapping or popping sound
- Difficulty walking
Please see your GP if you believe that you suffer from tendonitis or any other type of tendon injury. They will be able to diagnose your injuries and offer an appropriate treatment option.
Then, your solicitors can use your medical records as evidence of your injuries. They can also prescribe treatment for your tendon injury, if necessary.
If you are suffering symptoms of an Achilles tendon injury, please visit your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor will diagnose your tendon injury and prescribe proper treatment.
If you have a suspected Achilles tendon rupture, your doctor may examine the back of your feel for swelling and redness. The doctor may also be able to feel the ruptured tendon through your skin.
Another test to diagnose a tendon rupture is for the doctor to ask you to lie facedown on their examination table. After that, the doctor will squeeze your calf to see if your foot flexes. If your foot does not automatically flex, you may have a ruptured Achilles tendon injury.
Medical records can play a big role in valuing Achilles tendon settlements. For this reason, it gives your claim the best chance of success if you seek medical attention for your injuries as soon as possible.
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If you have an Achilles tendon injury, there are a number of different treatment types that your doctor might offer you. The treatment you receive will depend on the kind of injury you have experienced. For example, your doctor might offer you a boot to hold your foot in position while your injury heals.
If the injury is particularly painful, you might be given a strong painkiller or a cream or gel to ease your symptoms. You could also be offered shockwave therapy.
In serious cases, for example, where the Achilles tendon has been fully or partially ruptured or torn, you might need surgery. This can repair the ruptured tendon or, in some cases, can remove damaged tissue from the area.
You can use the table below to see how much your Achilles tendon settlement could be worth. The compensation amounts included in this table are based on guidelines from the Judicial College.
|Type Of Injury||Category||About The Injury||Settlement|
|Achilles Tendon||(a) Most Serious||Where the achilles tendon has been severed as well as the peroneus longus muscle. This may cause swelling, cramps and may restrict ankle movement. The person may have to stop some sports or other activities.||In the region of £36,060|
|Achilles Tendon||(b) Serious||The person suffered a complete division of the tendon. This injury has been fully repaired, but the person still has some residual weakness in the tendon. This limits movement in the ankle, may cause a limp and could leave the person with some scarring. Improvement or recovery beyond this is not likely.||£23,460 to £28,240|
|Achilles Tendon||(c) Moderate||Significant injuries such as a partial rupture of the tendon. How much is awarded depends on the treatment the person needs, what degree of recover can be or is made and whether they have ongoing pain. Compensation may also be affected by any functional disabiity or scarring.||£11,820 to £19,770|
|Achilles Tendon||(d) Minor||Turning accidents which damage the tendon. The person is left with a feeling of being unsure on their ankle and that it will support them. The consequences of this may be similar to the category above.||£6,820 to £11,820|
As part of your claim, you will usually be invited to a medical assessment. This is where an independent medical expert will assess how severe your injuries are and detail their findings in a report. This report will be used, alongside the guidelines from the Judicial College, to help value your claim.
This compensation table covers general damages you could claim. General damages compensate you for the physical pain, psychological injuries, loss of personal amenity and suffering caused by your injuries. This table does not include any special damages you may be eligible to claim.
Please call us today for more information on how Achilles tendon settlements are valued. If your claim has a good chance of being successful, you could be connected with one of our solicitors.
In addition to general damages, you may be eligible to receive special damages as part of your claim. Special damages aim to reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses incurred as a direct result of your injuries.
Here are some examples of special damages you may be able to claim for a tendon injury:
- Care expenses: You can claim compensation for any personal care you need. For example, you might need someone to help with cooking and cleaning around the house while you’re unable to do this.
- Travel expenses: You could claim for the cost of getting to and from medical assessments.
- Medical expenses: You might have to pay out-of-pocket for things like physiotherapy, the cost of which could be claimed back.
- Loss of earnings: If you had to take time off work while you recovered, this might mean that you have lost out on wages. You could claim the cost of these back.
If there’s a cost or expense that you have experienced as a result of your injuries that we have not mentioned above, don’t worry. You may still be able to include it in your claim. Get in touch with us today for more information on what Achilles injury settlements could cover.
You may wish to have a solicitor represent you in your claim for compensation for an Achilles tendon injury. However, you may feel reluctant to pay an upfront solicitors fee or pay large legal costs while your claim is ongoing.
A No Win No Fee agreement is a way of avoiding these upfront or ongoing costs. It’s an agreement between you and your lawyer that outlines the conditions they’re expected to meet before getting paid.
If you make a No Win No Fee claim, you won’t be required to pay an upfront fee. Your solicitor won’t ask you to pay anything as they work on your claim. Perhaps most importantly, you won’t make a payment to them in the event that your claim is unsuccessful.
Instead, you will pay a success fee only if your solicitor wins your claim. This is a percentage of your compensation that is deducted from your settlement.
If you would like to know more about how No Win No Fee agreements can be used to claim Achilles tendon settlements, speak with our team today. You could be connected with one of our solicitors to work on your claim.
There are many benefits to working with us when you claim compensation:
- Our panel of solicitors have experience handling claims for injuries.
- We will assess your claim in detail before we begin work on it. Furthermore, we assess your claim to make sure you will receive the right amount of compensation.
- Moreover, we offer you the option of a No Win No Fee agreement.
To begin your Achilles tendon injury compensation settlement, please contact us using the details below.
- Call us on 0800 073 8801
- Or you can use our claims form to write to us
- We also have the option to chat with our advisors online
We hope this guide to Achilles tendon settlements has been helpful. You may also wish to read the following guides about claiming compensation for a personal injury.
Ankle Injury Compensation Claims Guide – A guide to claiming compensation if you have suffered an ankle injury because of third party negligence.
Sprained Ankle Accident Injury Claims– Here is a guide to claiming compensation for an ankle injury.
How Much Compensation Can I Claim For A Fractured Or Broken Bone? – How to claim compensation if you have broken a bone because of someone else breaching their duty of care towards you.
Tendonitis – An NHS Guide to tendonitis
Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)– An NHS Guide to Repetitive Strain Injury
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)– See whether you’re eligible to receive SSP if you’re off work because of an injury.
We will now answer some frequently asked questions about claiming compensation for a tendon injury.
Do claims go to court?
The majority of personal injury claims do not go to court. Usually, lawyers representing both parties will attempt to negotiate a compensation settlement for the claimant out of court. This is because going to court can be costly and time-consuming.
Could I be eligible to get an interim payout?
An interim payout is funding that you’re given before the amount of compensation you’re entitled to is decided but after liability has been admitted. For example, if you needed to purchase a wheelchair as a result of your injuries, you could receive the cost of this as an interim payment.
I caused the accident, could I claim?
If you were injured in an accident that was partially your fault, you could still claim compensation. However, another party will also have to be partially responsible. Your compensation will be reduced accordingly.
Could I claim for another person?
Sometimes you can make a compensation claim on behalf of another person—for example, a child below 18. You can only claim compensation on another’s behalf if they are not legally able to claim themselves. In addition to this, you’d need to be appointed as their litigation friend.
Thank you for reading our guide looking at how Achilles tendon settlements can be valued.
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Edited by FS